Element ID 6034043 | Design ID 13547 | Colour Olive Green
Element ID 6039869 | Design ID 13547 | Colour Black
The other combinations in that picture are other Black bows I had to hand. Many gorgeous new small shapes are waiting to play with you. Notably absent from that picture however is the example of combining it with the 'telephone bow', part 93273 Plate W. Bow 1X4X2/3, which is much more fun to show you in Olive Green as it makes a shape reminiscent of a leaf. In fact there are a multitude of small leaf-like shapes you can make using 13547, but below shows the one most pleasing to my eye. I also included more 13547s with the aim of making virtue of the studs. Feed me, Seymour!
SNOT into the equation as you can see from this basic example using 11477 Plate W. Bow 1X2X2/3, my beloved 'baby bow'. Of course once we involve SNOT, you could actually have achieved a near-identical effect by just using that matching part 50960 mentioned earlier. But before I discuss the similarities between these two parts, let's think about more of the differences.
Like connecting the studs of 13547 to the steep inverted slope 2449 Roof Tile 1X2X3/74° Inv. which has that quirky design inclusion of additional holes on the vertical edge. The combination creates an unusual diagonal that led me to make this little silhouette of those 1960s Siamese cat ornaments. Kitschy kitty.
Making a silhouette was a natural consequence of only being able to use Black, but clearly I've also been influenced by seeing the evocative work of David Alexander Smith recently! I find his deceptively child-like creations a creepy treat.
The 2x version, 3747 Roof Tile 2X3/25° Inv., was introduced earlier (1980) and it seems the same inconsistency plagued it as well. I call it an inconsistency as investigating all my 45° inverted slopes including examples as far back as the original mould from 1976 shows these always had the small lip now consistently used today.
But neither of these two old ones have the part number embossed in them which was a practice commenced with new moulds from around 1985. With this part having arrived in 1984 it would makes sense that the initial mould had no part number, but the unlikelihood of the next mould having its part number omitted suggests I'm wrong thinking these two are in fact different. Anyone know? If I'm right, I'm also keen to know which mould came first, and whether this happened with the 2x version as well.
But does it matter? Does it reeeeeally matter? No, not at all, judging by the facts that a) I for one never noticed before b) BrickLink and Peeron don't bother to distinguish the moulds c) we're talking a difference of micrometres. But these mysteries are fun to uncover and highlight the tiny details that form part of the work of the Design Lab at TLG. And ignoring the possible two variants of the old version, the existence of large and small lipped versions of inverted 25° slopes strikes me as a trick worth knowing for microscale builds.
To end, a reminder of the sets you'll find this new part in. Two Olive Green elements come in set 70010 The Lion CHI Temple; having now built it I can confirm this is an impressive castle stacked with hilarious play features and details - plus other new elements and parts! Some I've mentioned previously, others will hopefully find a place in future posts. 60026 Town Square contains a healthy eight elements in Black, used in the crane vehicle. The only other newbie I've spotted in Town Square is element 6020206, the minifig bike helmet in Dark Azur. I'm disappointed not to have had time yet to build this huge set, as it's a classic LEGO® concept and I can tell it will be fun just from rummaging through the bags to steal my Black 13547s! There are individual instruction books for each building/vehicle, which enables building as a family or indeed as any other sort of group. So if you choose that route make sure you bags book 5, the crane!
Both sets are available from The Official LEGO Shop.